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these days. take a look at some of the spending that he found buried inside the pentagon's budget. coburn said he found spending by the pentagon and other departments of funding studies of babies interacting with robots, the air force spending money on studying the color of dinosaur feathers and darpa spends $6 million on a study of storytelling techniques and the brain. coburn said he or she identified about $67.9 billion worth of spending that he thinks over ten years can be easily cut out of the pentagon budget. and i want to leave you with one of the other items that he found here. this was kind of a whopper to a lot of us here in the office. he found that the pentagon had financed a seminar discussion and the topic of that discussion was, did jesus die for the cling-ones, too? and it was a discussion of whether or not -- what the implications are for christianity if extraterrestrial life is discovered? those are your taxpayer dollars at work. >> eamon jarvis, thank you very much. >>> sure, obama care may guarantee you health insurance. but what good is it if you can't get any health
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home in north carolina on monday night. but there is another high-level figure involved. the pentagon is now investigating general john palin, the palinisaf -- general john allen, the current isaf commander in afghanistan. >> general allan is entitled to due process in this matter. in the meantime, the secretary has asked the president, and the president has agreed, to put his nomination on hold until the relevant facts are determined. >> and white house spokesman says president barack obama was surprised by the petraeus revelations -- a white house spokesman said. they come just as the administration heads into its second term. >> for more on this developing story, we are joined by our washington correspondent. how serious are the allegations against general allan? what sort of wrongdoing is the alleged to have been involved in? >> it is very serious. there were -- there is an investigation going on. there were some 30,000 pages of e-mails between the top commander in afghanistan and this lady in florida, mrs. kelly, and you really do not know exactly what is in those e- mails, but a
in north carolina, but so far have found no evidence of anything highly classified. still, the pentagon suspended broadwell's security clearances. the air force base in tampa revoked jill kelley's pass to the base. >> thank you so much. i know you're going to have a lot more on "rock center" tonight with brian williams. matt? >> and that scandal, just one part of the president's news conference on wednesday. he also had a lot to say about governor romney, his rival in the presidential race, and two top republican senators. one of them john mccain. and we'll talk to senator mccain in just a moment. but first, chuck todd is at the white house this morning. chuck, good morning to you. >> reporter: good morning, matt. president obama thought he was going to be using his first post election press conference to make his case on the fiscal cliff and also to show a new reaching out to republicans. instead, he found himself on the receiving end of criticism from not one, but two former presidential rivals. >> good afternoon, everybody. >> reporter: at his first post election press conference, pr
stevens as you know and three other americans were killed in that attack. cnn pentagon correspondent barbara starr has been talking to her sources to find out what the former cia director will say tomorrow. she joins me now. barbara, you have new information on what members can expect to hear tomorrow from petraeus as he talks to members about the attacks. what do you know? >> reporter: well, good evening, anderson. that's right, i've spoken to a source who is directly familiar with petraeus' thinking, what he's planning to try and say on capitol hill tomorrow. he wants to testify, he wants to clear up any, what he believes are misrepresentations of what he has said in the past and what he thinks really happened in benghazi. first up, this source says that petraeus will acknowledge that he knew quite quickly immediately afterwards that it was sharia, that libya al qaeda sympathizer group, that was responsible for it. but they had some conflicting information. he also had some 20 reports that it might have been related to that riot that broke out in cairo just before the attack regard
as an analyst at the pentagon and also michael vickers who is head of intelligence at the pentagon who has spent some time in the agency, and personally, as a former intelligence officer, myself, i'd very much like to see a professional intelligence officer occupy the post of dci. >> michael, certainly the scandal surrounding general petraeus has overshadowed his testimony on what happened in benghazi on september 11th, and this is what senator john mccain had to say over the weekend. take a listen. >> they said they wanted to not give classified assessment of what happened, because they didn't want to betray sources. well, if classified assessment changed the unclassified assessment, then why in the world would you keep that information from the american people? >> well, as we look back hindsight being 20/20, is this the modern espionage, classified and unclassified documents being released and going public to fit a political thenarrative? >> well, i don't know about the fitting a political narrative precisely, but analysis is a lot different from assumption. and these days, when there are so m
, learning more about questions about him, and the pentagon investigation, alleged behavior. does the president have faith that general can continue to lead the war in afghanistan during this critical period of time while under investigation? >> i can tell you that the president thinks very highly of general allen and his service to the country as well as the job he's done in afghanistan. at the request of the secretary of defense, the president put on hold general allen's nomination as supreme allied commander of europe pending the investigation of general allen's conduct by the department of defense ig. the president remains focused on fully supporting our troops and partners in afghanistan that general allen led so ably for over a year. the president nominated general dunford to be the next commander of isaf reiterating comments that they should act swiftly to confirm him. >> accurate to say the president has full faith in general allen? >> he has faith in general allen, believes he's doing and has done an excellent job at isaf, and i refer you to the pentagon for the process u
been put on hold as the pentagon inspector general investigates his friendship with another woman. add to that the escalating tension between israel and hamas and the head spins, martha. >> you need a flow chart for this week. incredible that one week ago tonight we learned about david petraeus and that he resigned as c.i.a. director and today he is up on capitol hill testifying about benghazi. of course, this happened september 11 of this year, the attack in benghazi. a lot of different stories right away about why that happened, how that happened, but it was susan rice, u.n. ambassador, i think it was five days later on the sunday talk shows saying that she thought it came as a result of some protests and because of the egyptian in cairo, there were protests about this anti-muslim film. the republicans have pounced on that. you heard john mccain and lindsey graham saying there is no way they want her to be secretary of state, nominated to secretary of state. everybody knew that it was terrorism. >> everybody knew it was terrorism. well, today, one of the things that david petraeus sa
the benghazi attack and when he knew it. let's get right to our pentagon correspondent barbara starr. barbara, what are you learning? >> wolf, i have just spoken to someone, a long-standing source who has spoken to david petraeus. this is someone on his level professionally. this person is directly familiar from petraeus with his thinking, with petraeus' thinking about what he will tell congress tomorrow about the benghazi attacks. david petraeus wants to tell congress that he knew almost immediately after the september 11th attacks that the group ansar al sharia, that al qaeda sympathizing group in libya was responsible for the attacks. here's how it goes. in petraeus' view there are two questions on the table. who was responsible? and that is ansar al sharia. he has intelligence he believes to back that up. second question, what was their motivation? that is where some of the confusion may lie. what this source says petraeus told him is there were about 20 intelligence reports that began to come in blaming that video -- that anti-islamic video that sparked the riots in cairo. that's the con
of this joining me is pentagon correspondent barbara starr and intelligence correspondent suzanne kelly. welcome to you both. barbara, this is really fascinating me. so general petraeus who has been at the center of this huge scandal tomorrow morning will testify at a congressional hearing about benghazi, and your information from a very good source, i think is really, really significant. it's basically, i have been listening to you for the last couple of hours, petraeus basically says he knew the moment this happened that it was a group called answar al sharia and that after that there was a stream of other intelligence saying it may be linked to the video we all knew about but his belief was always that it was this group and they had to rule out the other intelligence before they could officially confirm it. is that right? >> that's pretty close to it, piers. very good source of mine who is directly familiar with what general petraeus plans to try and say on capitol hill tomorrow behind closed doors is laying that out. there's basically two threads here. who was responsible, what was their mot
and of course, ohio, ohio, ohio. now, an unfolding pentagon scandal is stealing the headlines and a few states, by the way, want to succeed. george powell explains it all in the week that was. >> engaged in a cover up? >> senator mccain and senator graham and others want to go after somebody, they should go after me. >> this is a petition asking the government what alabama should see from the union. >> secession, sparring and a sex scandal ruled the week that was one week after the election -- >> this is not simply a cover up of a third rate burglary. we have four of our dip lomatic personnel dead and demand accountability. >> if you want to know who is responsible in this path, buy yourself a mirror. >> reporter: and it's politics, as usual. as both parties battled over benghazi and, also, that thing over at the cia. >> it has been really disappointing and shocking to learn about this. >> i was embedded with general petraeus in afghanistan. >> jill kelley attended the citizen's academy and that's where they met. >> reporter: and the story expanded. general john allen, the top commander in afg
with you frequently. want to bring in our pentagon correspondent, barbara starr, right now. she's getting new information about a possible ground war. barbara, what are you picking up? >> reporter: wolf, i'm standing outside the israeli embassy, just come from a closed-door briefing. ambassador michael oren, the israeli ambassador to the united states, says all of the pan planning is done now for any possible ground action. they are ready to go in israel. the israeli armed forces, the u.s. has been briefed about it. if it comes to it, they are now done with the planning and completely ready to go. but ambassador oren does very importantly go on to say, and i quote, we would like to avoid ground action. oren saying they still want to get some sort of solution to all of this, get hamas to agree to stop firing those rockets. if it doesn't happen, though, they are ready to go now, wolf. >> barbara, where do the israelis think the weapons are coming from, the weapons in gaza, the rockets, the missiles? >> reporter: well, this is a very important question, of course, because now hamas is firing
and the key language was changed. whether it was the white house or the pentagon. or the national security council, someone in the administration changed those talking points. only the administration can tell that. the white house said they didn't do it. so who did? the defense department or justice department? national subject council? why don't they admit who did id it? that is the question. to blame it on petraeus and clapper is wrong. whatever petraeus and clapper did, that was changed by the administration. not by petraeus and clapper. number one. the only answer is the public to demand when the administration did it, who told them do it and as far as rice is concerned, no reason she is confined to talking points. >> do you think that she, as you mention, that she had the span of information and was made sacrificial lamb? she was given talking point and didn't tell her the whole story and sent around why the u.n. ambassador was doing the sunday shows? do you think there is a level of intelligence? does she have an opportunity to know more? >> susan rice has great ability. i've known h
the pentagon -- military spending. what is your own view on whether or not this government should be prepared to go beyond the 400 a $7 billion the president targeted in terms of reduction in defense spending and go further? something closer to the $600 -- $600 billion figure. >> we did $487 billion in reductions as part of the original budget control act. it is important to know there were reductions up projected increases. it was not a reduction of the baseline. since then bowles had about as much savings if he went over the fiscal cliff. the sequester is an irresponsible way to deal with cuts weathered defense or non- defense because it is across the board. in terms of the magnitude of defense savings i think $5 billion cuts is excess of. i do think there are additional savings to be made a in defense. the chairman has said another $100 billion, others have made good arguments for how you can do a little bit -- the main issue is what is the military strategy. the reality is we are doing lots of things that enter the military that are still looking toward the cold war strategy. we need to f
folks, it's a love pentagon. >> unbelievable. jimmy kimmel said it could inspire a new tv show called "cia smackdown." you got to shake your head, don. can't make it up. >> thank you, suzanne. great weekend to you. i'm don lemon. brooke is off today. developing right now, a disturbing report on iran and concerns about its nuclear program under ground. it is bound to set off alarm bells in the west. plus, two people are missing after an oil platform explodes in the gulf of mexico, but first the bloody fight we're going to get to between israel and gaza. hamas aims rockets at jerusalem and they miss. but the fact hamas is going after what israel considers its capital city shows how much pressure is building in the middle east right now. i want you to listen to this. so an i reporter captured air raid sirens going off in jerusalem. hamas, the group that controls gaza, landed south of jerusalem. more rockets aimed for tel aviv ende in the water. no reports of damagen either case, though. but officials say 27 palestinians have died since weesday from israel's strike in gaza. this is
in the region. our pentagon correspondent barbara starr's been watching what's going on. barbara, what is the u.s. military most concerned about right now? >> wolf, as they watch that call-up of 75,000 israeli reservists, that is the concern. is this leading to a ground war? we've talked to officials here who say the major concern israel will move in on the ground. and that will be a significant escalation that will reverberate throughout the region. so here's the calculation. how far will hamas go in continuing its rocketed mortar attacks into israel? they know that if they pull back, the israelis presumably will pullback and this dangerous escalation can be avoided. if there is a ground war, if israeli troops cross that border, the tanks and troops, and go into gaza, the next concern is what egypt will do. egypt's new government very fragile. will it feel the pressure to move? will it come into sanai, all of this now at the end of a long week in washington. >> diplomats in the region and around the world are working hard behind the scenes to stop this from becoming an all-out war. what are yo
this is very is he ductive if you're in the pentagon you have this list of individuals that you believe are plotting against the united states and so if you can sort of cross these names off the list it makes it feel as though you're keeping the united states safer. i think there is a faulty logic going on in there because we've really seen over the past decade the u.s. has been fighting these wars they're just killing these particular individuals doesn't itself make us safer because so often many more people come up. within the ranks. and i think there's also a tendency within the u.s. to sort of personalize al qaeda. so particularly in yemen we saw this with the american born cleric. this is the individual that the argument was advanced by some if he could be killed that the u.s. would be safer. he was of course killed in a drone strike in september of e 2011. al qaeda continues to plot. we know that they had a plan in which they gave this latest version of the underwear bomber thankfully to an undercover agent. so now he's been crossed off the list. and now we talk about the next one
to the white house to cia headquarters to the pentagon, the probe of former cia director david petraeus keeps on growing. petraeus resigned after admitting an affair with his biographer, paula broadwell. jill kelley who was a friend of the petraeus family said broadwell sent her threatening e-mails. then kelli asked a front to look into the e-mails. then it was revealed he sent her shirtless photos of himself. it sounds like a horrible movie, but it's all true. carol is a reporter at the washington post. thank you very much for joining us. >> happy to be here, gary. >> what do you know about agent fred rhumphries and why was he o motivated to investigate those e-mails. something like that should not and would not rise to an fbi probe? >> it's a great question, and what we found out was the way he was being described was really inaccurate. people had initially reported and republican leaders had described him as a whistleblower who came forward, complaining to cantor, house majority leader cantor's office because he was worried the fbi investigation that uncovered an affair by the cia director
it can happen? >> not a chance. in washington, there's a game and i worked at the pentagon and there's a game called, fly it up the flagpole and see if anybody salutes. nobody is saluting at the nomination of susan rice, now, why? why don't i think they're going to do it. and confirmation hearings, what's going to happen? they're going to ask about benghazi, who changed those talking points? why did you have that fairy tale about a demonstration and a youtube video. the last thing the administration wants. they don't want an enemy, they'll put her name forward, not going to be support. withdraw it, give her another job, probably one that doesn't need senate confirmation. >> dave: if she's your pick, why do you put her out there. the president didn't believe everything in the talking points, i can't imagine he believed that. let me read you a quote about susan rice, she's ill-equipped to be the nation's top and she's managed to make an impressive array of enemies, that's from a liberal columnist, a very far left columnist, at washington post, and she has enemies on both sides of the a
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